February 27, 2024 11:27 am
Concerned Denver Business Owner Fears Impact of Aurora Homeless Shelter on Her Asian Restaurant

Jill Chen moved to Denver from China 10 years ago and started her own business, Zume Asian Cuisine near Chambers Road and Interstate 70. As a single mother of three, she started the business to support her family, emphasizing its importance.

Chen has found success with her restaurant due in large part to its location in a supportive and kind community. Her customers love coming in for a succulent Chinese meal. She credits the success of her business to the people who have helped her along the way.

Recently, Chen learned that the City of Aurora had bought the Crowne Plaza Hotel across the street to build a shelter for the homeless. While she initially thought it was a great idea, she began to worry about how it might affect her livelihood as she spent years building her business.

The City of Aurora has stated that they will work with residents and business owners near the site to create good neighbor plans. While outreach about the project has been ongoing, Chen remains anxious about its potential negative impact on her business.

To prevent this from happening, Chen has expressed her hope for government assistance to help protect her business from being negatively affected or closed. She believes that without such help, she may not be able to continue operating in the area anymore.

Despite these challenges, Chen is determined to keep providing delicious food and excellent service to her customers in Denver’s thriving neighborhoods.

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